If you haven't heard already Toronto's Eaton Centre was the scene of a shooting today. One person is dead, several others were wounded. The thought came to mind of how long it took the idiot squad to start going on about how if only someone had been carrying a gun they could have stopped the gunman. I would imagine it happened in fairly short order. You'll excuse me if I don't go look, as their claims will just make me annoyed. I can think of few things that would make things worse when someone is shooting up a mall than some amateur tying to play the hero by shooting back at him.
Interestingly one of the earliest online reports of the shooting may have been from a celebrity. Brett Lawrie, the Toronto Blue Jays young Canadian third baseman, was in the mall when the shooting broke out. He Tweeted about what he heard and saw after fleeing the mall with other patrons. As you can imagine Lawrie has a lot of followers on Twitter, some 125 thousand according to the Toronto Star, so word got around very quickly.